Central Veterinary Associates Alerts Pet Owners of Recall of Barkworthies Dog Chews

VALLEY STREAM, NY — Central Veterinary Associates has announced that Barkworthies of Richmond, Virginia is recalling select lots of its dog food due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. In addition to the risks for pets, humans can also be subject to Salmonella poisoning by handling the contaminated pet product.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6, 2014 to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers, and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube. The following products are included in the recall:

Barkworthies Chicken Vittles Dog Chews 
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch. Best Used by Date: May 2016.UPC: 816807011510.

There are no reports of illness in pets or people as a result of the products. Pets that are infected with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

“It is important for all pet owners who purchased these products to return them to the store for a full refund,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “It is recommended that this product no longer be fed to your pets and to contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet becomes ill as the result of consuming this product.”

CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.

Central Veterinary Associates Alerts Pet Owners of Recall of Cat and Ferret Food from Natura Pet Products

VALLEY STREAM, NY — Central Veterinary Associates has announced that Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling select lots of its cat and ferret food products due to vitamin insufficiency and an excess of minerals.

Because of a formulation error of the food produced at the company’s Fremont, Nebraska facility, the following products have been affected:

  • EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula Dry Cat & Kitten Food, Size: 15.4 lbs., UPC: 5148 541400, Expiration Date: 02/19/2016, Lot Code: 4300A700D2
  • EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula Dry Cat & Kitten Food, Size: 2.2 lbs., UPC: 5148 541402, Expiration Date: 02/20/2016, Lot Code: 4301A700A4
  • EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula Dry Cat & Kitten Food, Size: 2.2 lbs., UPC: 5148 541402, Expiration Date: 02/20/2016, Lot Code: 4301A700B4
  • EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula Dry Cat & Kitten Food, Size: 2.2 lbs., UPC: 5148 541402, Expiration Date: 02/20/2016, Lot Code: 4301A700C4
  • EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food, Size: 6.6 lbs., UPC: 5148 542101, Expiration Date: 02/19/2016, Lot Code: 4300A700D3

These lots were distributed through independent retailers in California, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Canada, as well as online. No other Natura products are affected.

There are no reports of illness in pets. Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods of time. Signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss; however, the excess of minerals poses no threat to their health.

“It is important for all pet owners who purchased these products to return them to the store for a full refund,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “It is recommended that this product no longer be fed to your pets and that you contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet becomes ill as the result of consuming this product.”

CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.

Central Veterinary Associates Alerts Pet Owners of Recall of Raw Pet Food from Bravo!®

Central Veterinary Associates has announced that Bravo!®, LLC. of Manchester, Connecticut is recalling select lots of its dog and cat foods due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. In addition to the risks for pet, humans can also be subject to Salmonella by handling the contaminated pet product.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers, and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube. The following products are included in the recall:

● Raw Food Diet Bravo! Turkey Blend for Dogs and Cats Product Number: 31-102

Size: 2 lb. (32 oz.) plastic tubes. Best used by date: 11-05-15, UPC: 829546311025

● Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs & Cats Product Number: 21-102

Size: 2 lb. (32 oz.) plastic tubes. Best used by date: 08-11-16, UPC: 829546211028

The following products are being recalled for cautionary measures, as they were manufactured in the same facility or on the same day that product tested positive:

● Premium Turkey Formula Bravo! Balance Raw Diet Product Number: 31-405, Size: 5 lb. (80 oz.) 2.3-kg. plastic tubes. Best used by date: 11-05-15. UPC: 829546314057

● Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs & Cats Product Number: 21-105

Size: 5 lb. (80 oz.) 2.3-kg. plastic tubes. Best used by date: 08-11-16. UPC: 829546211059

Bravo! LLC has also voluntarily removed all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo! Chicken Blend, Bravo! Turkey Blend, Bravo! Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo! Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016.

There are no reports of illness in pets or people as a result of the products. Pets that are infected with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

“It is important for all pet owners who purchased these products to return them to the store for a full refund,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “It is recommended that this product no longer be fed to your pets and to contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet becomes ill as the result of consuming this product.”

CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.

Central Veterinary Associates Urges Pet Owners to Keep Pets Safe in Hot Weather

During the next few days of rising temperatures and sweltering heat, pet owners should take special care in ensuring their pet’s safety. Central Veterinary Associates offers these tips to keep pets safe and happy through the hottest summer days.

● Prevent heat stroke and passing out — Older, overweight and sick pets should not be allowed to spend a lot of time outside in the hot weather. Even young and healthy pets should be watched closely to make sure they don’t get heat stroke.

● Maintain your pet’s water supply — Always provide a bowl of clean, fresh water for your pet, both inside and outside. Keeping your pet properly hydrated will improve their health and prevent illness.

● Do not leave pets in a home without air conditioning — Without air conditioning, indoor temperatures will reach uncomfortable and often dangerously high levels. Always keep the air conditioning and any fans on for your pets.

● Do not leave pets in a car for any reason — Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake. Even with the windows open, temperatures will rapidly climb to a dangerous level. Leaving your pet unattended in a car will expose them to heat stroke, dehydration, brain damage, suffocation and ultimately death.

“It is imperative that pet owners take precautions and special care of their pets in the next few days,” said Dr. John Charos, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Veterinary Associates. “The hot weather and dehydration can have serious effects on your pet’s health so it is essential to provide your pet with fresh water at all times and maintain a comfortable environment further.”

Central Veterinary Associates Urges the Public to Be Conscientious of Their Pets’ Dental Health

Dog and Cat Dental Issues Can Signal Underlying Health Concerns

Millions of pet owners may notice their pet’s dirty teeth or bad breath while playing and petting them, and typically do not take these issues too seriously. However, what many dog and cat owners may not realize is that poor oral care can affect a pet’s overall health. Central Veterinary Associates wants you to recognize “National Pet Dental Health Month” this February by ensuring that your pet receives appropriate dental care — it could end up saving their life.

Unbeknownst to many, poor dental hygiene ultimately affects a pet’s internal organs. If plaque builds up over time, it turns into tartar, which impacts areas of the mouth that can “seed” to other parts of the body. Tartar can also cause periodontal disease, which is an oral condition that affects the gums. It eventually results in the loss of teeth, along with extreme pain. Often, by the time dogs and cats reach their third birthday, 80% of them are diagnosed with some form of dental disease, according to recent studies.

The initial warning sign that indicates the need for more dental care is unbearable foul breath. If you notice a drastic change in the scent of your dog’s breath, it is crucial to bring them for a full dental exam at your veterinarian’s office. The examination will allow your vet to visually examine your pet’s face, mouth, teeth, and gums. An annual dental exam is recommended for all pets.

Another way to improve pets’ dental health is by brushing their teeth. Since dogs and cats do not “swish and spit” toothpaste on command, it is vital that you buy pet-approved toothpaste because it contains enzymes that break down plaque. Unlike human toothpaste, pet toothpaste is edible and has a flavorful taste, which makes it more appealing to pets. Make sure to brush your pet’s teeth daily to prevent dental diseases, plaque, and bad breath.

In addition to brushing, there are dental diets, dental chews, and oral rinses to help prevent dental disease.  All of these products, along with learning how to brush a pet’s teeth, can be discussed during a general checkup.

“Throughout my time as a veterinarian, I’ve had to discuss the importance of good dental hygiene with pet owners,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “Owners do not realize the long-term hazards they may bring upon their pet if they do not take the time to properly care for their teeth, gums, and breath. Owners should consider visiting their vet for a full pet dental exam to better understand how dental health affects overall health.”